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Dawgs dominate Tigers, 57-20, in wrestling showdown
Ceres High improves to 2-0 in league standings
Ceres Highs Frankie Mendez won his 106-pound match by decision, 10-5, against Pattersons Adrian Barrera on Jan. 10 at Phil de la Porte Gym. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's varsity boys wrestling team thoroughly dominated Patterson during last week's Western Athletic Conference dual-meet showdown.

The Bulldogs reeled off 42 straight points en route to cruising to a 57-20 win over the Tigers on Jan. 10 at Phil de la Porte Gymnasium.

"We were on a roll," Ceres High head coach Steve Festa said. "We became unstoppable."

Ceres High improved to 2-0 in the WAC.

Patterson dropped to 1-1 in the conference standings.

"We knew what our goal is," Festa said. "We want to be league champs."
Jaden Cooper, John Alba, Ethan Letras, Aiden Moore, Andrew Gibson, Diego Diaz and Conner Johnson helped the Bulldogs build a commanding lead through the dual's first seven matches.

Cooper won by pin (0:43) over Francisco Duran at 145 pounds.

Alba won by pin (0:54) over Javier Mendoza at 152 pounds.

Letras won by pin (1:17) over Jerrod Villalon at 160 pounds.

Moore won by pin (3:06) over Cameron Fredrickson at 170 pounds.

Gibson won by injury default over Michael Boschi at 182 pounds.

Boschi injured his left shoulder while being driven into the mat by Gibson.

The match was tied at 6-6 prior to it being stopped.

Diaz won by pin (3:20) over David Valverde at 195 pounds.

Johnson won by pin (0:46) over Ian Tyler at 220 pounds.
"The momentum was in our favor," Festa said. "The guys fed off each other."

Ceres High's Luis Camarillo, Frankie Mendez and Shanald Lal were also victorious.

Camarillo won by pin (1:36) over Belquiz Gamez at 132 pounds.

Mendez won by decision (10-5) over Adrian Barrera at 106 pounds.

Lal won by forfeit at 113 pounds.

Ceres High's Marcus Martinez, Michael Vargas and Brian Becerra dropped their respective matches.

Martinez lost by technical fall (21-4) to Mokbel Obeid at 120 pounds.

Vargas lost by pin (0:44) to Michael Miller at 126 pounds.

Becerra lost by decision (6-2) to Noah Mirelez at 138 pounds.

The Bulldogs lost by forfeit at 285 pounds.

Patterson never posted a threat thanks to Ceres High's dominant start.

"It would have been a close dual if they got some momentum on their side," Festa said.

Cooper and Alba, two of the Bulldogs' team captains, opened the competition with back-to-back wins.

"It's a random draw at what weight you start at," Festa said.

The Bulldogs remained in the hunt for the WAC dual-meet regular-season title.

Ceres High will host the Livingston Wolves (2-0) today at 7 p.m.

"Livingston is going to be tough," Festa said. We're going to be prepared. I want them to wrestle fearless and aggressive. If they do that, I expect us to do very well."